The original founders of this organization were Dr. C. F. Wang, Dr. Raymond Ho and Dr. Luke S.C. Chang. In the early 80s, there were only a few medical doctors from Taiwan or Hong Kong practicing medicine in Georgia. Due to feelings of homesickness, lack of delicious Chinese food and thoughts of sharing our experiences of medical practice in our daily lives, we began to periodically get together at each other’s homes to share fellowship.
One day Dr. Wang mentioned the idea to organize a medical association amongst us so we could officially meet together on a regular basis. So Dr. Luke Chang called all doctors originally from Taiwan and practicing in Georgia, Tennessee, or even in Kentucky. This led to our first official meeting in April 1989. The Chinese Medical Association of Georgia was officially established in early 1990 and we elected Dr. Luke S.C. Chang as the first president for the organization.
At that time, we invited all medical related personnel to join us as members, including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse anesthetists and even PhD group from CDC officers. The goals of the organization were to provide medical education, community service, practice improvement and scholarships for medical students. These meetings also provided us opportunities to enjoy good Chinese food and each other’s company. In the early years of the organization, we took turns having meetings at members’ homes.
During the mid-1990s, the organization grew rapidly and we applied for and obtained nonprofit organization status (501(c)(3)) in 1996. Since then, we have obtained pharmaceutical sponsorship for our regular meetings and changed our organization bylaws to limit membership to active practice physicians only. Since then our association has grown dramatically in all fields of medical specialties. We are very proud of what the organization has become and the services it has provided to the community.